Who Are the Great Women of the Bible?


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There are a number of great women in the Bible. Some of the Old Testament women include Miriam, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Ruth and Esther. Some of the New Testament women include Elizabeth and Mary.

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Women often showed up at important points in history in both the Old and New Testament of the Bible. Miriam was Moses' sister. She was instrumental in watching what happened to baby Moses when he was sent away in a basket of reeds, which was an attempt to save him from certain death. It turned out that Pharoah's daughter found him, named him Moses, and then Miriam offered to find a nursemaid, who turned out to be Moses' own mother. Moses was later instrumental in leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, and Miriam was instrumental in helping save his life as a baby.

Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel were all important mothers in Israel. They helped birth the Israeli nation through their sons. Ruth became part of the Messianic lineage through which came Jesus Christ. She was a Moabitess woman who took care of Naomi, her Israeli mother-in-law, and ended up marrying Boaz, a rich near kinsman. Esther was key in keeping the Jewish people from being killed. She is honored by both Jews, Christians and Muslims. Mary was the virgin mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, was the mother of John the Baptist who was the forerunner of Jesus and preached about his coming.

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